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9Jan/13Off

Ferry Accident In NYC

Boat accidents are far more common than you think. Before you get on a boat, be aware of all the potential dangers.

At least 57 people were injured, two of them critically, when a New York-bound ferry crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan Wednesday, authorities said.

A Coast Guard patrol boat in New York Harbor a...

A Coast Guard patrol boat in New York Harbor as it escorts a Staten Island Ferry boat from Manhattan to Staten Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m.

Emergency crews carted several passengers on stretchers toward ambulances, and there was a gash on the front of the vessel.

“There was a large jolt,” said passenger Elizabeth Banta. “It felt like we were in a car crash. … Several people were thrown into the air and onto the ground.”

Witnesses said several passengers were waiting at the top of a stairwell aboard the vessel as it approached the dock and were flung off their feet.

“I saw a lot of bleeding heads with white bandages (and) a lot of people strapped to boards,” said Julie Westfall, who witnessed the incident.

The ferry, operated by Seastreak, provides daily service between New Jersey and Pier 11 near Wall Street and carries roughly 400 passengers at a time.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured,” the company said in a statement, adding that it would work with authorities to determine what caused the accident.

Seastreak said that two scheduled trips — the 5:55 p.m. departure from East 35th St. and the 6:10 p.m. departure from Pier 11 — have been canceled as result of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it was sending an investigative team to the scene, where at least six emergency vehicles remained late Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard records indicate that the same Seastreak ferry has been involved in prior crashes, including one in 2009 when the vessel slammed into a New Jersey dock and tore a 2- to 3-foot gash in the starboard bow of the vessel.

A year later, a collision with a dock pile punctured a hole in the port side of the same boat.

Wednesday’s crash also drew comparisons to an unrelated 2010 incident when a ferry boat with mechanical problems crashed into the Staten Island Ferry terminal, injuring 36 people.

That ferry, the Andrew J. Barberi, was the same vessel involved in an October 2003 crash that killed 11 people and injured 42, considered one of the worst ferry accidents in the city’s recent history.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a boat accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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13Dec/12Off

Jenni Rivera’s Plane Nose-Dived Into Mountainside

Early Sunday morning, Latin singer Jenni Rivera tragically died in a plane crash. She joins a long list of artists and musicians who have died before their time.

The investigation into the plane crash that took the life of Rivera is focusing on the pilots and the condition of the plane.

English: Learjet 45 registered M-GLRS landing ...

English: Learjet 45 registered M-GLRS landing during Farnborough Air Show 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Officials also released dramatic details about the Sunday crash.

They said her private jet went into a dive. The plane plummeted nose-first, 28,000 feet in 30 seconds, leaving its wreckage — and the remains of Rivera and six others — splayed across the side of the mountain like a wash of pebbles.

Mexico’s Ministry of Communication and Transportation said the two pilots, Miguel Perez and Alejandro Torres, had valid licenses to fly in Mexico.

Rivera, 43, a mother of five and master of a growing international business empire, was killed when the jet plummeted 28,000 feet early Sunday morning and crashed near Iturbide, Mexico.

Authorities have said that Rivera’s camp chartered the flight from Starwood Management to ferry her from a performance in Monterrey, Mexico, to an appearance near Mexico City.

In a telephone interview from Mexico City, an executive at the firm that owns the plane, Christian E. Esquino Nunez, said that the Learjet 25 was perfectly maintained. Esquino, 50, said he believes the 78-year-old pilot suffered a heart attack or was incapacitated in some way, and that a “green” co-pilot was unable to save the plane.

Esquino said maintenance and safety issues “had nothing to do with the accident.” He said the 1969 Learjet had been based and maintained in Houston for the last 10 years, and underwent a top-to-bottom inspection this summer.

The same plane, according to U.S. aviation records, sustained “substantial” damage in 2005 when a fuel imbalance left one wing tip weighing as much as 300 pounds more than the other. The unnamed pilot, despite having logged more than 7,000 hours in the air, lost control while landing in Amarillo, Texas, and struck a runway distance marker. No one was injured.

Esquino called that accident “minor” and said the plane had flown without issue for 1,000 hours since then. He said the only conceivable explanation for the crash is that 78-year-old pilot Miguel Perez Soto was incapacitated. He said that while the Learjet was a fine airplane, “it has some critical characteristics.”

Mexican authorities said Starwood Management officials told Mexican authorities that Rivera was interested in buying the plane, and as a result, hadn’t paid to rent it.

Mexican authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board were continuing to investigate the crash “to formulate a hypothesis as to the cause of the accident,” the statement said, noting that the investigation could take nine months to a year to be concluded.

The remains of the passengers that have been found thus far, including Rivera’s, have been taken to the University Hospital in Monterrey, Mexico, where they will be analyzed by forensic experts there, the statement said.

If a loved one was the victim of wrongful death that was caused by an aviation accident, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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